Dream A Little Dream Of Me

deludedangels: 02/2008

jess and i have gone swimming. rich is there too, alternating taking work phonecalls with doing butterfly strokes. in the corner of the shallow end of the pool is The Greek from season 2 of The Wire, eating an omelette with fennel in it. i am translating the season into Italian for the producers, and his next line is meant to be “look what they put in my omelette – why do they put fennel in an omelette?” and I am shocked. “Do you mean to say the writers have presumed that an elderly gentleman of European origin such as yourself would not like Fennel? How absurd!” we decide to change the line for the Italian dubbers, knowing that such a thing would entirely destroy the whole series’ credibility in the Italians’ eyes.

I wish I had dreams like Chrissy. Rather, I wish I could remember my dreams like Chrissy – with my current hip/back-pain and insomnia, I can’t say my dreams haven’t been pleasant or simple.

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Fargo Meets Woody Allen

SCI FI Wire | The News Service of the SCI FI Channel | SCIFI.COM

Sony’s Columbia Pictures has acquired screen rights to Michael Chabon’s alternate-universe novel The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and set Oscar nominees Joel and Ethan Coen to direct, Variety reported.

I’ve not read the book but I will now. Wikipedia makes is sound like a fairly standard alternate history-cum- detective novel, but what the Coens will do with that will be a funny Fargo packed with us Jews and Eskimos. Can you imagine a better gift to a pair of comedy clowns with a sense of the macabre than assassinated chess geniuses and an alcoholic cop fighting rabbis?

There’s also some really, really politically-controversial scenes in the film, on the basis of its plausible alternative history where the Jewish refugee state is Alaska, not the Middle East. SPOILER:

The dome of the rock getting exploded by the Beth Din?!

Armchair Generals

Gameplayer – Australia’s Premier Gaming Website
Feature: The Armchair Generals – Official Xbox 360 Magazine

It’s no fun being the odd one out. As the only team member with an attention span counted in hours rather than seconds, I’m regularly taunted in the office for loving PC strategy games. The other team members treat me as if I’m backward and nerdy; and it’s true I do love strategy games, tactical combat games, turn-based games. Yet there’s a shift going on, a shift of strategy developers towards consoles, both in the numbers being developed for the Xbox 360 and how they’re being altered to fit it. Soon there will be more strategy games on the console than beat ’em ups, an unthinkable thing five years ago.

A super-long feature I did on console strategy games as my Parthian shot at OXM has gone on-line. If you like sending thousands of men to death and/or glory it’s an involved and in-depth read – read the Gameplayer version though, as it’s more legible. It involves interviews with Michael de Plater from Creative Assembly, Jim Vessella, Associate Producer on the forthcoming expansion Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath, Jim Bottomley, Lead Designer of Vivendi’s recent PC hit World in Conflict, Barry Caudill, Executive Producer at Firaxis Games talking about Civ Revolution, James Carey from Creative Assembly, and Mike Kawahara and Jim Ngui from Namco, developers of Mark of Chaos. That’s a lot of developers!

NOTICE, South Bank, London



NOTICE

To Shop Assistants

STORE MUST OPEN PROMPTLY
at 6.00 a.m. until 9.00 p.m. all the year round.


STORE must be swept, counter, base shelves and showcases dusted. Lamps trimmed, filled and chimney cleaned, pens made, door and windows opened.

A PAIL of water and scuttle of coal must be brought in by each clerk before breakfast, if there is time to do so and attend customers who call.

Any employee who is the habit of
SMOKING SPANISH CIGARS,
GETTING SHAVED AT A BARBER’S SHOP,
GOING TO DANCES, AND OTHER SUCH PLACES OF AMUSEMENT.

will surely give his employer reason to be suspicious of his INTEGRITY and alround HONESTY

Each employee must pay not less than ONE GUINEA per year to the Church and attend Sunday School every Sunday.

MEN are given one evening a week for courting purposes and two if they go to prayer meetings regularly.

After 14 hours works, spare time should be devoted to reading good literature.

1854

NOTICE To Shop Assistants


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NOTICE

To Shop Assistants

STORE MUST OPEN PROMPTLY
at 6.00 a.m. until 9.00 p.m. all the year round.


STORE must be swept, counter, base shelves and showcases dusted. Lamps trimmed, filled and chimney cleaned, pens made, door and windows opened.

A PAIL of water and scuttle of coal must be brought in by each clerk before breakfast, if there is time to do so and attend customers who call.

Any employee who is the habit of
SMOKING SPANISH CIGARS,
GETTING SHAVED AT A BARBER’S SHOP,
GOING TO DANCES, AND OTHER SUCH PLACES OF AMUSEMENT.

will surely give his employer reason to be suspicious of his INTEGRITY and alround HONESTY

Each employee must pay not less than ONE GUINEA per year to the Church and attend Sunday School every Sunday.

MEN are given one evening a week for courting purposes and two if they go to prayer meetings regularly.

After 14 hours works, spare time should be devoted to reading good literature.

1854